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Experience I SPA & WELLNESS

Find your zen in the forest

ALL ABOUT YOU Would you like your wellness experience with a side of individuality? WORDS SHERIDEN RHODES



he dilemma with wellness retreats is that many operate on a formula aimed at the average punter. It can make you feel less than special when you are paying all that money – and being asked to set the alarm at dawn. Only once before have I ever been encouraged to make my wellness experience a family affair. At The Cassowary Rainforest Retreat in Port Douglas, I was encouraged to not only bring along my eightyear-old daughter, but also my best friend and her daughter too. And we didn’t have to get up at an ungodly hour. I know what you’re thinking: a wellness retreat with children

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43 sounds like an oxymoron. But owner Sam Kozak encourages guests to reflect on their lifestyles. “Parents are constantly challenged with getting kids off the iPads and phones. Imagine a retreat where your kids come away enjoying exercising and eating vegetables,” Sam says. I like the concept, and it means I can focus on my own health for five whole days, minus the guilt of being away from my family. We leave the grumblings of winter down south, and arrive late afternoon, enveloped by the warmth of Tropical North Queensland and the deafening chorus of thousands of cicadas. After selecting our rooms in the purpose-

Imagine a retreat where your kids come away enjoying excercising and eating vegetables built rainforest retreat overlooking Mount Demi and Thornton Peak, the girls leap exuberantly

into the magnificent infinity pool. We bond with our health and wellbeing instructor, exMelburnian Liam Cavelli, over the fact we all like good coffee, and, like us, he’s a parent too. Liam sits down with us individually to work out what makes us tick, devising a customised fitness program for myself and my friend, who is struggling to

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